Q&A: The Sodom Dilemma

The Sodom Dilemma

Question

If you were unregenerated and in Sodom what would you have done different?

Answer

Depraved man without Christ does not seek and cannot seek Christ (Rom. 8:5-8; 1 Cor 2:14, 2 Cor 4:4, etc). Unless regenerated by the Spirit man cannot see or enter the kingdom of heaven (John 3:3, 5). Thus, unfortunately, nothing different would have happened.

However, Jesus did say if the miracles he did had happened in Sodom and Tyre, etc. then they would have repented (Matt. 11:20-24; Luke 10:13). However, seeing God choose not to do certain miracles which would have led these sinners there to repentance, he must have ordained their destruction (John 3:18; Rom 9; cf. Prov 16:4); they having not been written in the Lamb's Book of Life from the foundation of the world (Rev. 13:8).

These vessels of common use (Rom. 9:21) were given in exchange (Isa. 43:4; Prov 21:18; cf. Prov. 11:8) - as an example (1 Cor. 10:6, 11) - for the vessels of honorable use (Rom. 9:21). If not for God's election before the foundation of the world "we would have been like Sodom and become like Gomorrah" (Rom. 9:29; Isa. 1:9-10). See What is Reprobation?

Answer by Dr. Joseph R. Nally, Jr.

Dr. Joseph R. Nally, Jr., D.D., M.Div. is the Theological Editor at Third Millennium Ministries (Thirdmill).